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Phoenix City Council Passes Large Water User Ordinance https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/3041Mayor's Office3/6/2024 10:12:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3041/pics.jpegPhoenix City Council Passes Large Water User Ordinance <div class="ExternalClassBBCD23BB63C34880A89084AD6A9F9385"><html> <p> ​Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City Council unanimously approved a water conservation ordinance geared towards large water users, another major component of the “Sustainable Desert Development Policy” that Gallego has led since early 2022. The new policies follow years of strategic planning to ensure Phoenix is managing its water resources responsibly. Last year, in her 2023 <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2023/04/12/transcript-phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-2023-state-of-the-city/70106147007/" target="_blank">State of the City​</a> address, Gallego highlighted her efforts to create these new guidelines – and today, another aspect of the policy suite became law. <br> <br>"Passing our new large water user ordinance is another important milestone in our longstanding commitment to a comprehensive approach to protect our water resources,” said Mayor Gallego. “This new policy will ensure we are balancing our economic development priorities with the critical need to secure our water supply for generations to come. Phoenix will continue to lead the way both in policy and practice to ensure we sustain our most precious resource.” <br> <br>Other components of the Sustainable Desert Development guidelines passed last June come in the form of rezoning stipulations, which include regulations on non-functional turf, a mandate to meet <a href="https://www.epa.gov/watersense" target="_blank">EPA WaterSense</a> or similar certification, planting of drought-tolerant and native plants, outdoor irrigation standards, enhanced standards for swimming pools, and more.  <br> <br>The new ordinance places additional requirements on new projects estimated to use more than 250,000 gallons per day. Those new large water users must submit a water conservation plan that is approved by the Phoenix Water Services Department. Any new users projected to use more than 500,000 gallons per day must submit a conservation plan, meet at least 30 percent of their consumptive water demand with recycled or conserved water, and fit within the City's existing Water Resource Portfolio.  <br> <br>Today’s City Council vote builds upon decades of water-forward policies in Phoenix that benefit the region. The new policies go hand-in-hand with the City Council’s vote last year to leave up to 150,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead over the next three years, as well as with Gallego's 2023 announcement to create an <a href="https://www.azfamily.com/2023/04/14/phoenix-hopes-turn-wastewater-into-drinking-water-by-2030/" target="_blank">Advanced Water Purification</a> facility that will recycle nearly 60 million gallons of water per day.  <br> <br><a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/3-6-24%20Formal%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf#page=148" target="_blank">See the text of the new large water user ordinance</a>.<br> <br><a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-13-23%20Policy%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf" target="_blank">See the Sustainable Desert Development Resolution passed in 2023</a>.<br> <br><a href="/waterservices/resourcesconservation" target="_blank">Learn more about Phoenix’s water conservation programs​</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
​ Mayor Gallego Named to New Federal Advisory Panel on Transportation Innovation https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2967Mayor's Office1/2/2024 9:35:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2967/Newsroom_Default_01 (1).jpg​ Mayor Gallego Named to New Federal Advisory Panel on Transportation Innovation <div class="ExternalClass8D85F13678394630A62258424EB0D112"><html> <p></p> <p class="paragraph" align="center" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">​PHOENIX—</span> </strong> </span> <span class="normaltextrun" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">Mayor</span></span> Kate Gallego has been named to serve on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) new Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee (TTAC), a small group of national leaders who will provide advice to Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the department about plans and approaches for transportation innovation. </span> </span> <span class="eop" style="font-size:11pt;background-color:window;text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <br> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Gallego is the only <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">mayor</span></span> who will serve on the Committee, which is comprised of professionals, subject matter experts, academics, and leaders in the field of transportation technology. The first meeting will be held on January 18.</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">“I am honored and excited to serve as Phoenix’s voice on the Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee,” <strong>Gallego said. </strong>“Cities like Phoenix are ground zero for innovation in transit and transportation, and as we continue benefitting and learning from major federal infrastructure investments, I am looking forward to how this group will use its exchange of expertise and knowledge to improve folks’ lives across the country.” </span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" target="_blank" title="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">According to USDOT</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">, the Committee will explore and consider issues related to:</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Pathways to safe, secure, equitable, environmentally friendly and accessible deployments of emerging technologies</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Integrated approaches to promote greater cross-modal integration of emerging technologies, in particular applications to deploy automation</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Policies that encourage innovation to grow and support a safe and productive U.S. workforce, as well as foster economic competitiveness and job quality</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Approaches and frameworks that encourage the secure exchange and sharing of transformative transportation data, including technologies and infrastructure, across the public and private sectors that can guide core policy decisions across DOT’s strategic goals</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Ways the Department can identify and elevate cybersecurity solutions and protect privacy across transportation systems and infrastructure</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin-right:0in;margin-left:0.75in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);text-indent:0in;margin-bottom:0in;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:symbol;line-height:1.2;">·<span style="font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:"times new roman";font-feature-settings:normal;">         </span></span> <span dir="LTR"></span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Other emerging issues, topics, and technologies</span> </span> <span class="scxw242518485"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <span class="eop"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">Gallego, known nationally as a “</span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/phoenix-35-year-public-transit-expansion-plan-aims-city-less-car-dependent-2023-3" target="_blank" title="https://www.businessinsider.com/phoenix-35-year-public-transit-expansion-plan-aims-city-less-car-dependent-2023-3" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">Transit <span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight"><span data-markjs="true" class="outlook-search-highlight">Mayor</span></span></span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">,” has been advocating for </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/06/13/phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-delivers-first-state-city-speech-where-to-watch/1437956001/" target="_blank" title="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/06/13/phoenix-mayor-kate-gallego-delivers-first-state-city-speech-where-to-watch/1437956001/" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">improved public transit</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> and cleaner transportation options since she was elected to Phoenix City Council in 2013. After experiencing a seizure that same year and temporarily losing her ability to operate a vehicle, Gallego found herself relying on public transportation to get around, which was easy to do in downtown Phoenix, but difficult in many other parts of the city. </span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">That’s what led Gallego to spearhead </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="/t2050" target="_blank" title="https://www.phoenix.gov/t2050" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">Phoenix's Transportation 2050</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> plan, a bipartisan, voter-approved project that is providing residents with expanded bus service, additional </span> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;">light rail corridors<span style="color:rgb(52, 63, 78);">, a mobile fare-collection system, and roadway and mobility improvements, with an emphasis on bringing service to historically underserved areas. </span></span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> <br> <br> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">In 2023, Gallego played a key role in negotiations to extend the region’s half-cent sales tax for transportation investments (Proposition 400). As Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Gallego </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://kjzz.org/content/1853786/republicans-took-shot-light-rail-prop-400-deal-train-chugs-along" target="_blank" title="https://kjzz.org/content/1853786/republicans-took-shot-light-rail-prop-400-deal-train-chugs-along" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">pushed for more light rail</span> </span> </a> </span> <span class="normaltextrun"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> funding and investments in sustainable transportation options. The compromise will be on the ballot for voters to approve in November 2024.</span> </span> <span class="eop"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </span> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"></span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> </span> </p> <p class="paragraph" style="margin:0in;font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);vertical-align:baseline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <strong> <em> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">For more information on TTAC and a full list of appointees, click </span> </em> </strong> </span> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"segoe ui", sans-serif;line-height:1.2;"> <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" target="_blank" title="https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-launches-new-advisory-committee-help-shape-federal-approach-transportation" style="color:rgb(0, 120, 215);text-decoration-line:underline;"> <span class="normaltextrun"> <em> <span style="font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;">HERE</span> </em> </span> </a> </span> </strong> <span class="normaltextrun"> <strong> <em> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;">.</span> </em> </strong> </span> <span class="eop"> <strong> <span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"arial nova", sans-serif;color:rgb(52, 63, 78);line-height:1.2;"> </span> </strong> </span> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Former Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2925Mayor's Office11/15/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/uQ5jHSSCv3c?si=794STNpMWWbWFs4kFormer Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 <div class="ExternalClass126C9B43AF95496280B2B38F2129705C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> <em>Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff at City of Phoenix Sites</em> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">PHOENIX </strong>— Former Mayor Thelda Williams, the only person to ever serve as the city's top official on three separate occasions who served on the City Council for more than 20 years, died Tuesday night after a brief battle with cancer. She was 82. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams's service to our city has touched and improved the lives of everyone who lives here—from improving Sky Harbor International Airport to strengthening our transit system to making sure that we use our water wisely," Mayor Kate Gallego said. “She cared deeply about Phoenix's people and its future, and her legacy will endure far beyond our lifetimes. We mourn her loss, and her large City family extends our heartfelt condolences to her family who she treasured so much." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">The city will lower flags at its facilities in honor of Williams through Tuesday at sunset. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">To honor Williams, the City Council recently voted to </span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/2739"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">name the new transit</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> center at Metrocenter after her. In 2019, the city, along with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and PetSmart Charities, built the “</span> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/03/19/phoenix-opens-first-downtown-dog-park-thelda-williams-paw-pup-park/3168137002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Thelda Williams Paw-Pup Dog Park</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">," downtown Phoenix's first dog park. Williams was a devout animal lover and spearheaded multiple City policies to protect dogs. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams was a dear friend and colleague," Councilwoman Debra Stark, who served with Williams, said. “I am deeply saddened about her passing, as she impacted so many lives, as well as my own. She was an ally on the Council, but also a force to be reckoned with. I take solace in knowing she lived a full and accomplished life. We owe a debt of gratitude to Thelda for her many years of public service and contributions to the City of Phoenix. Thelda will be so missed." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams leaves behind a legacy for all of Phoenix that cannot be outshined," Councilwoman Ann O'Brien, who succeeded Williams on the City Council, said. “She was a role model, a mentor, a Jeopardy question, the only person to have served as the mayor three separate times, and a friend. She will be deeply missed and leaves behind a pair of shoes that will be impossible to fill. District 1 and all of Phoenix saw exponential growth under Thelda's leadership. We would not be where we are today as a city if it weren't for Thelda's service." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams first began serving on the City Council in 1989, and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1995. After departing the Council, she ran again in 2007 and served through 2021 after her third consecutive term expired. After the resignations of Mayors Paul Johnson, Terry Goddard and Greg Stanton, who each ran for a different office, she was selected by her City Council colleagues to serve as interim mayor. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams also served as the City's vice mayor, chair of the City Council's Transportation Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee, and as chair of the Valley Metro Rail board. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams is survived by her son Murry and daughter Cyndi, as well as three grandsons: Matt Smith, a Phoenix police officer, and Ben and John Williams. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mel, a former Phoenix police officer, and her daughter Chris.  </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">View photos of Thelda Williams over the years from the </span> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Arizona Republic </em> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/picture-gallery/news/local/phoenix/2018/07/20/phoenix-thelda-williams-interim-mayor-after-greg-stanton-resigns/806842002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">HERE</span> </a> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">.</em> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"># # # </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">For Immediate Release: November 15, 2023</span>​<br style=""></span> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorVideomayors-office
Mayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Processhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2801Mayor's Office6/29/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2801/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgMayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Process<div class="ExternalClassFB5888512D5447368125313FFD11D732"><html> <p>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced she is launching the application and appointment process for the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission.<br><br>The Phoenix City Council approved the establishment of a City of Phoenix Ethics Commission in 2017 with the purpose of investigating allegations of ethical violations and enforcing the City’s ethics policies. The charge of the Ethics Commission is to initiate proceedings, conduct an initial evaluation, and if necessary, investigate, proceed with a formal hearing, and recommend action to the Mayor and City Council related to alleged ethics or gift policy violations by a Council member or a City of Phoenix board, commission, committee, or task force member.<br><br>“Governments function best with oversight and public input, which is why I’ve long been in favor of standing up our city’s Ethics Commission,” <strong>said Gallego.</strong> “Our constituents elected us to serve them, and the Ethics Commission is an important accountability tool that will make our city more transparent to its citizens."<br><br>Per ordinance, the Ethics Commission shall consist of five members: two who are registered members of the Democratic Party, two who are registered members of the Republican Party, and one who is registered with no party affiliation. Each will serve no more than one five-year term, except one Democratic member and one Republican member who will serve an initial term of three years.  <br><br><strong>The <a target="_blank" href="https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/24">application</a> ​​is now open and accepting candidates through July 31, 2023.</strong><br><br>New candidates will be reviewed by the Judicial Selection Advisory Board, which will then recommend candidates for consideration by the Phoenix City Council. The five Ethics Commission nominees must be approved by the affirmative vote of seven members of the City Council.​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2782Mayor's Office6/13/2023 11:00:00 PMPhoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies <div class="ExternalClass5C2F9FF2653845448D22D4B3B60BF0BC"><html> <p></p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the “Sustainable Desert Development Policy” that Mayor Kate Gallego has been leading on since early in 2022. These new policies come after years of ongoing work to ensure Phoenix is growing responsibly amidst the West’s ongoing drought. Earlier this year, in her <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?51803e18c6a9b6913d86017c79050542f04b492ef30b8e78b4169fd44d2cdb05" target="_blank">State of the City address</a>, Gallego highlighted her efforts to create these new guidelines. Today’s vote reflects the City’s commitment to facilitate and support much needed housing while also advancing drought management and water conservation goals.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Our vote today has been years in the making and reflects Phoenix’s intentional, comprehensive approach to protect our water resources,” <b>said Mayor Gallego</b>. “Our Sustainable Desert Development policy demonstrates that in the face of concerns about water security in the West, we are not resting – we are working, and we are innovating. Together with our suite of conservation programs, these strategies will safeguard our precious water supply for decades to come.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today’s new conservation guidelines come in the form of rezoning stipulations, which include regulations on non-functional turf, a mandate to meet <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?92401bce58af28fb83a79915acbd06359eb42d5638b122ec7f8edd3dfa73b275" target="_blank">EPA WaterSense</a> or similar certification, planting of drought-tolerant and native plants, outdoor irrigation standards, enhanced standards for swimming pools, and more. After this week’s vote, the City’s Planning and Development Department will roll out these draft stipulations and collaborate with applicants about how, when, and where they should be utilized.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The stipulations were based on a framework derived from the city’s work with the <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?d7d215a061545ce6a2c510dbd5c9e1b3cc404ed17ad8aaa43073f1cee8a48ba7" target="_blank">Verdin</a> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c7fb39094c21fd461788ac4452bd3439aeb10e95e7610dffe0cbe5eb784a8d27" target="_blank">development</a>, a residential neighborhood in North Phoenix that embraced water conservation measures. Collectively, the homes in Verdin will use 55 million fewer gallons of water every single year than a standard subdivision. Even more significantly, their preservation of natural desert landscaping will save nearly 80 million gallons of water per year. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The City Council’s vote builds upon decades of water-forward policies in Phoenix that benefit the region. The new stipulations go hand-in-hand with the City Council’s recent <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?67221bfce0d6dbf6cabd8f83f8719cfcc8b1b649f57d3987c918733fbc1e4a99" target="_blank">vote</a> to leave up to 150,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead over the next three years, as well as with Gallego's recent announcement of the creation of an<a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6e6b0704b11a25e530154fb4885d085e95844b831877e6b7c9282ea25b1120f8" target="_blank"> Advanced Water Purification</a> facility that will recycle nearly 60 million gallons of water per day.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To see the Sustainable Desert Development Resolution passed today, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ff3aeb89cd00fc04fecdbe7959e2a9f2f8179453e394a56a3b556ca01c79b608" target="_blank">HERE</a>. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">For more information on Phoenix’s water conservation programs, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?a4cf2aab81cd2c6968aad85deb5b8193539207b958cd7f25559884726215ab30" target="_blank">HERE</a>. ​</span> </div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Counthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2757Mayor's Office5/26/2023 4:45:00 PMMayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Count<div class="ExternalClass6B9B5B3DE8BE4F1DB42EF92EF0656D43"><html> <p></p> <div>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the City of Phoenix’s successful appeal to correct the 2020 Census Count. Earlier this year, Gallego wrote a letter to initiate the appeal process, in which she indicated that over 3,500 people in 192 “Group Quarter” facilities were missed during the 2020 census count that took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Counting every person matters, and I am incredibly thankful to the Census Bureau for offering this avenue to address omissions in the 2020 Census,” <b>said Mayor Gallego.</b> “This successful outcome will not only mean that we will be able to receive our fair share in federal funding for the remainder of the decade, but also set us up for success for the 2030 Census. As the fastest-growing big city in the country, that will be critical to our future.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We will send the updated group quarters population to the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program where they will be included in the baseline data used to produce upcoming annual population estimates,” <b>the letter from the Census Bureau read.  </b></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>While Phoenix and the Valley area continue to grow faster than any other place in our country, the Census Bureau acknowledged they likely undercounted group facilities known as “Group Quarters” throughout Phoenix. As such, in May 2022, the Census Bureau announced the 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program, a mechanism for local governments to request that the Bureau review the 2020 Census Group Quarters population count. The City of Phoenix worked with Bloomberg Associates to find that approximately 192 Group Quarter facilities were not counted in the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation, with a total corresponding population of approximately 3,550 people residing in them.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This successful adjustment to the count will benefit Phoenix for the next eight years by rendering additional dollars to the city via state and federal allocations, which go to programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, nutritional assistance, public safety grants, and federal housing initiatives. Estimates done reveal that for every individual counted, the city could earn thousands of dollars, thereby amounting to millions of dollars per year in federal funding for Phoenix.  ​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2754Mayor's Office5/19/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2754/FwhD2jhakAEPOLm.jpegMayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safe<div class="ExternalClass53F17589BF0148D4A361A8D2E46C3565"><html> <div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​​In case you missed it, yesterday, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined Phoenix Union Superintendent Chad Gestson, Arizona State Senator Christine Marsh, Common Sense Media Senior Manager of Education and Community Partnerships Victoria Saylor, Valle Del Sol Dr. Matthew Evan, and others, for a joint roundtable discussion and tele-town hall on the dangers of fentanyl.          </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, medical professionals and resource providers educated parents, students, and members of the public about what fentanyl is, where it's found, and how to stay safe. Common Sense Media and local providers told families the best practices to protect children on social media, especially as the summer break nears.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"This is a huge challenge for our community and we need all partners. I'm so grateful that Phoenix Union convened us tonight. This gives me hope that we are all going to work together," said Mayor Gallego said at the discussion. "Fentanyl is an ever-evolving threat, but if we talk to each other, and talk to our students, and more importantly, listen to them, we can really take this on."</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, the mayor spoke about the ongoing work being done by the city’s Office of Public Health, which has convened an internal working and advisory group composed of public safety personnel, public health experts, and city department representatives, from Parks and Recreation, Youth and Education, and more.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city’s Office of Public Health is concluding a comprehensive needs assessment and evaluation of existing community services in order to best move forward on initiatives that will keep Phoenicians safe, from expanding Narcan accessibility to creating an opioid related surveillance data dashboard. Results from the assessment will be available next month, and from there the next steps will be shaping a community-oriented action plan that will be voted on in City Council.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When asked what the city can do during the summer months to engage kids of all ages, the mayor spoke about Parks and Recreation activities, free library resources and more:</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"We want to be good partners to you all at the city, and our free programs are great opportunities to ensure your kids have a fun but valuable summer," Gallego said.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><b><u>Background</u></b>: </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In recent years, in part exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in fentanyl use and opioid addiction has led to a sharp spike in overdoses across the country. In 2022, Phoenix saw 991 overdose deaths -- 71.5% of those came from fentanyl. That same year, Phoenix Fire responded and administered naloxone – a drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of an overdose -- to 3,869 individuals.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Two years ago, the City of Phoenix joined 90 other Arizona cities to sign on to the One Arizona Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Understanding (“One Arizona Agreement”). The Agreement outlines the distribution of the estimated $542 million dollars that Arizona will receive over 18 years.   </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Over 20% of that funding will go to the City of Phoenix and 44% of the total settlement will remain with the State to fund future opioid programs and response efforts. Together, the city’s Public Health Office and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health have been working to maximize community resources and share expertise.​</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office

 Mayor

Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $40 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come. She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing. 

The mayor is also leading Phoenix t​o meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is mom to seven-year-old Michael.​


Mayor Gallego in the News

  • July 2019: “Phoenix's Dark Money Ban to Finally Go into Effect After Months of Review”

  • July 2019: “Q&A with Mayor Kate Gallego”

  • July 2019:“Nonprofits Answer Call for Affordable Housing”

  • June 2019: “Sky Harbor Saves Water, Resources by Swapping Turf with Xeriscape”

  • June 2019: “LGBT,Transgender Pride Flags to Fly at Phoenix City Hall This Week”

  • June 2019: “Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego Holds Inaugural State of the City”

  • June 2019: “Phoenix City Council Approves Sky Harbor’s Roadmap for the Future”

  • June 2019: “City of Phoenix Activates 50th HAWK Pedestrian Signal, Plans for 18 More”

  • May 2019: “Lyft’s Grocery Program Connects Residents, Vendors”

  • May 2019: “Breastfeeding is About to get Easier at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport”

  • May 2019: "Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego on Motherhood, Min​dfulness and her Vision for America’s Fifth Largest City”

  • May 2019: "City of Phoenix, Nonprofit Launch Campaigns to Prepare for Summer Heat”

  • May 2019: "Flushing Money Down the Drain; Innovations Can Turn Biosolidsinto Profit, Reduce Municipal Expenses”

  • April 2019: “Phoenix Raises Minimum Wage for City Workers to $15 an Hour”

  • March 2019: “Phoenix Nonprofit UMOM Opens New Affordable Housing Complex”

  • March 2019: "New Nonstop Flights Between Phoenix, London Have Begun”

  • March 2019: “Kate Gallego Sworn in a​s Phoenix’s 61st Mayor, Renews Campaign Vows”​

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